28 February 2017
References: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio and Rep. France Castro
ACT Teachers Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro joined Secretary Judy Taguiwalo and the employees of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and 300 teachers and students in a short program calling for the resumption of peace talks between the Government of the Philippines (GRP) and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) where a human chain for peace was formed in front of the DSWD central office main gate.
“We urge the President to hear the cry of the Filipino people to resume the peace talks between the GRP and the NDFP,” Tinio said. “Teachers, students and government officials unite in calling for the resumption of the peace talks especially now that both panels have already started talking about the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER).”
“We form this human chain for peace to symbolize the call for both panels to immediately resume the talks and tackle the roots of the armed struggle in the country. It also symbolizes the unity of the Filipino people from different sectors in the call for just peace,” Castro said. “The human chain for peace is in line with the efforts in Congress with House Resolution 769. We urge its approval by the House will push further the growing call for the immediate resumption of the peace talks to finally address the roots of the armed conflict.”
“The agreements on social and economic reforms that will be tackled at the resumption of the peace talks include our people’s demands that will bind government to uplift their lives by working towards a genuine agrarian reform and national industrialization, by ensuring job creation and decent salaries and by providing social services that the people need for a decent life. It will bind government to abandon its decades-long implementation of neoliberal economic policies which have been proven to only cater to the interests of the elites and not the majority of the Filipino people,” Castro added.
“We strongly urge the President to respect and honor previous GRP-NDFP peace agreements such as the Joint Agreement on Security and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Human Rights (CARHRIHL). We demand the end to the all-out war under Oplan Kapayapaan, the illegal arrests, the killings of farmers, human rights activists and victims of Oplan Tokhang. We urge the Duterte administration to exact accountability for Human Rights Violations already committed,” Tinio ended.##